Kuwaiti Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Jail Because Of Mohammad Tweets

A 26-year-old Kuwaiti man has been sentenced to ten years in prison for tweeting insults about the Prophet Mohammad and Saudi Arabia and Bahrain rulers.

Reuters reports that Hamad al-Naqi had pleaded innocent on all charges, claiming that his Twitter account had been hacked and he wasn’t the one who tweeted the insults.

The courts decided to punish al-Naqi harshly, however, by giving him the maximum sentence allowed for his crime.

As The Star reports, the judge submitted a written ruling that found him guilty of:

“… insulting the Prophet, the Prophet’s wife and companions, mocking Islam, provoking sectarian tensions, insulting the rulers of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain and misusing his mobile phone to spread the comments.”

A civil plaintiff, Dowaem al-Mowazry, has even gone so far as to argue that al-Naqi should be put to death to set an example for others.

al-Naqi’s lawyers have 20 days to appeal the decision, under Kuwaiti law.

In the summer of 2011, Kuwaiti officials performed their first Twitter arrest. Nasser Abdul was charged with insulting the royal family and spent three months in jail before being freed.

And a South Korean man was thrown in jail in January for tweeting sarcastic pro-North sentiment and retweeting the official North Korea Twitter account.

There is also a case before the courts in Turkey, as a pianist waits to hear whether he will be spending a year and a half in jail for anti-Muslim and pro-atheist tweets.

(Man behind bars image via Shutterstock)